Review: Fallout (Crank #3) – Ellen Hopkins

Fallout (Crank #3) – Ellen Hopkins


Title: Fallout (Crank #3)

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Release Date: September 14, 2010

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 665

Source: Library

The riveting final chapter of the Crank trilogy, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Hunter, Autumn, and Summer–three of Kristina Snow’s five children–live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years.

As each teen searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together–Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.

Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family’s story, Fallout is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by Crank and Glass, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person’s problem.

3 out of 5 stars

I was so looking forward to this book because I loved the first two in the series, but it really fell short for me! I loved reading about Kristina and her awful decisions, but this one just talked about her kids. I get that this was supposed to be extremely powerful and moving because it comes from the kids she birthed, but I didn’t love it. This book is about Hunter, Autumn, and Summer, Kristina’s kids. All three of them have different fathers, and all three of them live somewhere that is not with her. One of my main issues with this book was that they weren’t even allowed to know about Kristina, really. I totally understand that Kristina doesn’t really have a right to be with her kids at all, but all of them should have been told about their mother. Not just like, ‘hey, your mom was a meth addict and she didn’t love you.’

Another issue I had was all the freaking sex. Like calm down. Yes, a lot of teenagers have sex, but there are quite a few that don’t. All of the kids in this book are between the ages of 15 and 19 I believe. All of them had sex during their chapters, and it made me uncomfortable, because it wasn’t real love. Hunter loved Nikki, his girlfriend, but he kept cheating on her. Um. He obviously didn’t love her very much if he was willing to risk their relationship multiple times. Autumn has barely even talked to any guys, and then all of the sudden this new kid at school starts liking her then they talk for a few minutes and then they’re declaring their love. Hm. They had sex multiple times, and they didn’t use protection just cause why would they…. ugh. And then there is Summer who is dating her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. Good luck with that one. And they run away together and live in random places and just make love all the time. Pretty sure that’s pretty unrealistic, but that’s just me.

So. I really didn’t love this book. I was confused about a lot of it because of the different kids. I don’t think that the kids were introduced very well, because I was in quite a world of confusion. Anyway, the reason I gave this three stars instead of two was because of the writing style. I loved reading this book because the writing was so unique and was very beautiful. I look forward to reading more from Ellen Hopkins, but am glad that I’m done with this trilogy.


Crank (Crank #1)

Glass (Crank #2)

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